Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Read This:

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved reading.  I did it constantly as a child, going to the library once a week to check out as many books as they would let me.  Even in high school and college, I was probably one of the few people who actually read for fun.  Until the last few years, I only read fiction novels, and maybe a couple memoirs here and there.

About 5 years ago, R challenged me as a New Years' Resolution to read 3 nonfiction books.  At the time, this was EXTREMELY difficult for me to accomplish.  But since then, the resolution has stuck.  In addition to nonfiction (which I now love!), I added the challenging of reading classic literature.  There were quite a few books that I realized that many people had read in high school, that I actually had not.  So each year, I have been trying to add to my collection.  I have found this resolution challenging (some classic literature is difficult to get through), but mostly rewarding.

This year, I have focused my resolution on 2 classics and 2 biographies.  And the 2 classics I am focusing my attention on are both over 1000 pages.  The first one I just finished, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.

It has been recommended by a few people, and I have to say that it lived up to every one of them.  It is definitely not a quick read (took me 2 1/2 months), but well worth it for the incredible storytelling and exploration of revenge, forgiveness and human transformation.  

"...all human wisdom is contained in these two words, --"Wait and hope."---Your friend."
It is truly an amazing book, and I can understand why it has been a best seller since its publication in 1844, and why it is a classic tale.

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